This is the ultimate nerd topic. I mentioned in a previous post about David Koenig (part of GF Staph, Dan will get the joke) looking like Walter Koenig (Chekov) of Star Trek fame. I have been having pretty vivid dreams about GF leading to teleporters and/or replicator technology. Over time, I want to share (and learn from your responses) if there is something to these dreams. I want to share the concepts and readings that perhaps primed these dreams. Any lighter Star Trek posts are welcome here as well. Here are the key words (phrases) for you to google to begin this journey, if you are up to it. atom laser, unruh effect, artificial atom, correlated states in Bose Einstein condensates, coherence
Now think, at its basic level, what makes Glowforge unique. Is it the CO2 laser? no
It’s the ability to take data and convert it easily into a 3D (or at least pseudo 3D at this point) physical representation of that data (despite the fact it took much hard work and ingenuity to get there). Let’s get this rolling by sharing the google definition of the first term, atom laser.
An atom laser is a coherent state of propagating atoms. They are created out of a Bose–Einstein condensate of atoms that are output coupled using various techniques. Much like an optical laser, an atom laser is a coherent beam that behaves like a wave.
Do images of solid holograms and holodecks enter your mind? Do advanced cutting and etching capabilities start coming into view? Just wait, it gets much better…